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Oil refinery in Khabarovsk not endangered by flood

August 21, 2013, 14:03 UTC+3

Local citizens promised humanitarian aid

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Photo ITAR-TASS/ Dmitry Morgulis

Photo ITAR-TASS/ Dmitry Morgulis

MOSCOW, August 21 (Itar-Tass) - There is no threat to the oil refinery plant in Khabarovsk, Russia’s Far East, Alliance Company, which owns the plant, told Itar-Tass.

The company’s sources said the flood could only reach the sub-station and the water supply point. But anti-flood measures have been taken. The dam and power pumps, are being built, the sources said.

Oil productions supplies continue without any delay in the Amur region, which was seriously hit by the flood. Tank farms work as usual, the sources said.

Russian Railways told Itar-Tass that the Trans-Siberian Railway transported cargoes, including oil and oil products, as usual. No delay or traffic discomfort have been reported, Russian Railway reports.

Previously it was announced by Khabarovsk Mayor Alexander Sokolov that humanitarian aid will be provided to 5,500 people of Khabarovsk, Russia’s Far East that was hit by the flood.

Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday, Sokolov said people, who were hit by the flood, could increase.

“We determine five areas, which can be flooded. These are the areas where multi-family houses with over 2,500 people are located,” the mayor said, adding that in order to prevent the flood pumping units worked day and night.

“Today the water level in the Amur River near Khabarovsk was of 695 centimetres. The water can rise within the 48 hours. A total of 297 houses have been flooded. At least 250 people have been evacuated from the settlement of Ussuriysky. Temporary centres are being prepared to accommodate 10,000 people,” Sokolov said.

He noted that a total of 9.7 kilometres of dike dams. Special attention is paid to protecting utility facilities, water supply points and energy units.

In addition, the mayor said, “We’ve begun collecting funding. The Association of Cities of Military Glory has offered its aid. Assistance [from 5,000 roubles to 10,000 roubles] is expected to be provided to pensioners, families with disabled persons and families with many children.”

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